The Eagle Nest Tree

My best friend, Therese, went by the eagle nest recently and reported in to me that she’d seen an eagle in the nest. Seems the tree with the nest lost more limbs with a strong storm we recieved from hurricane Sandy. Buffy and I took a drive this morning to check it out.

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It did look a tad bare.

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No eagle sat in it or in any of the surrounding trees.

Last year I started a series of blogs with weekly trips to the nest.

IMG_9576 red 5 This is an old old picture, with obvious lack of quality. It does show how the tree looked before it lost one whole trunk.

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Both adults were in the nest January 26.

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I took this picture on March 27th this year while the tree was still leafing out.

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This picture was taken the same day.

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The eagle appeared to be feeding young. The date was April 10. I made 4 trips between April 24 and May 5 without seeing any eagles. I assumed a predator got the young while the adults were away.

Eagles mate for life. They will add to their nest every year, and will continue to use as long as the tree’s standing. The largest eagle nest on record was 9 1/2 feet wide, 20 feet high, and weighed over 2 tons! (I would’ve like to see that tree.)

Eagle facts: average life span up to 28 years in the wild, body size 34 to 43 inches, weight 6 1/2 to 14 pounds and wingspan 6-8 feet. Females are larger than the males. The young are 4-5 years before they have white head and tail.

We made a loop around behind an old abandoned mine. A large bird soared around in an area with a large field by the road and the mine off in the distance. It didn’t have white head or tail. It did hold its wings flat — an immature bald eagle. Vultures hold their wings in a vee (dihedral) when soaring. So that’s a good way to tell the difference between the 2 at a distance.

I do so hope the tree remains standing, and the eagles successfully raise young next year.


15 responses to this post.

  1. I ran into an eagle last summer while he was fishing on a river near here. Unfortunately I didn’t know he was there and scared him away before I could get a picture.


    • We have more eagles here than we used to way back when the kids and I were bird watching. There still aren’t many. So each encounter is special … as would be with an eagle.


  2. Posted by my secret love for you on December 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Beautiful pictures!!


  3. I like this post very much. Always interestiing to read something about the birds. I don’t know if that nest will last very long in that tree since is is kind of spindly looking after losing one trunk.


    • The other trunk has been gone 4 or 5 years. It’s a huge tree. We had real strong winds after hurricane Sandy. If and when it goes down, I hope it’s not during nesting season.


  4. Posted by Therese on December 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Bravo! Nice job, Kathy.


  5. Nice to see what the eagle tree looks like in the daytime since I only knew Theresa’s night orb photo.


  6. Eagles are so beautiful ! We don’t have any here, but I’ve seen them in Alaska and Canada. Very impressive birds!


  7. What a great site you have here – and the eagles are fascinating. Thank you for fact snippets.


  8. Posted by Mario Davalos on January 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Wonderful account of this pair’s nest. Hope you can document what happens next.


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